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Does anyone else have this problem of shifting to third and finding they can't stop accidentally hitting other strings (whereas in first position, this is not a problem)??
4 Responses
Posted: August 12, 2019
Last Comment: August 13, 2019

Posted: August 13, 2019
Michael, that is a very interesting idea -- I hadn't even thought of that, but of course you're right. It makes perfect sense. I suppose the remedy is just being aware and extra-attentive? But yay, a physical cause! I had all but given up, thinking I had some deep-seated psychological aversion to third and was self-sabotaging...

Dianne, this is happening even when I specifically focus on sounding point and elbow! (Sooo annoying.) The fact that it doesn't happen in third when I do bowline-only would confirm what Michael has suggested. And maybe like Sonia I need to get my bridge looked at.

Posted: August 13, 2019
Hi Lesley, this is one of the reasons my luthier said my bridge will need looking at eventually. He said my strings are a little high and this could cause problems the further I move down fingerboard with hitting strings.

Posted: August 12, 2019
Hi Lesley, Just an idea, move your sounding point more toward the bridge when playing in 3rd position. You may be doing this already, and then it would have to be elbow level.

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: August 12, 2019
I think that would be expected...  In first position there is very little displacement of the string near the bridge where you are bowing.  In higher positions there is more noticeable displacement of the string downward near the bridge, reducing the margin of error on the string you are bowing.  At least, that's my guess...